• Nov 29th 2010 at 1:45PM
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Porsche has officially confirmed what's been rumored for at least three years – the German automaker will build a small SUV to slot in below its highly successful Cayenne. With the working name "Cajun," Porsche wants the mini 'ute to provide younger customers another point of entry into the brand.

Designer Walter da Silva has apparently taken the lead on the project, which is expected to be loosely based on the Audi Q5, and the press release (available after the jump) claims that the Cajun will have "typical Porsche features such as light weight, ease of handling and agility." Here's hoping... [Source: Porsche]
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Porsche is planning a new sporty model range

Stuttgart. During its meeting today, the Supervisory Board of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, laid the foundations for continuous and successful growth of the company. The Supervisory Board instructed the Board of Management to drive forward the development of a further model series up to series production. Under the working name "Cajun", this efficient and sporty model will further expand the world's most successful Porsche segment in the SUV sector. In addition to the new Cayenne, which has clearly consolidated its market position as the most successful sporty SUV in the premium segment, the "Cajun" will also have a very positive impact with its typical Porsche features such as light weight, ease of handling and agility. As an attractive entry model in the Porsche world, the "Cajun" will attract new and even younger customers to the premium brand along with the Boxster, the market leader in the segment of two-seater, mid-size sports cars.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      My wife will sooooooooo want this car. In Orange.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      okay apologists

      i want a Porsche Paprika, i'm willing to pay as much as 20.000 for it

      i'm sure they'd make money on a model like that

      wake up apologists, YES they are making out like bandits

      but its the same story as BMW, it still makes very good cars and they still make a lot of money

        • 4 Years Ago
        there used to be a time when bmws did not outsell ford mondeos

        • 4 Years Ago
        When were BMW and Porsche ever exclusive looking at historical production numbers? Granted neither of them are super high volume, but nowhere near exclusive. What BMW and Porsche traditionally offered were driving experiences like no other car which, I suppose, could be considered exclusive.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please change the Cajun name before production starts.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really don't get what everyone's beef is about sharing platforms.So what if they do? As long as the powertrain remains different and the exterior and interior is different, its still basically 100% Porsche product. And when it comes to VW ownership, as long as there is good communication, it will be easier to develop better products, and possibly a wider portfolio. Also with the above comment, as far as VW "touching" Ferrari, that brand has already been touched; by this big ol' Italian corporation called Fiat Group.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Since they already have the Cayenne I don’t see the harm in building a smaller and lighter one. Of course should Porsche be in the SUV/CUV segment at all is the real question.

      If they are going to do it they may as well have a top trim model that has a good bit lower ride height and the twin turbo V-8. A smaller, lighter, lower Cayenne Turbo for $20k less sounds alright.
        • 4 Years Ago
        why? 400hp is plenty for this sort of cuv, no need for a twin turbo v8. well that and there's the minor issue of a V8 bi-turbo no fitting either.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They just downsized the Cayenne, so there's no need for a second model.
      Maybe one day, after the apocalypse or something, companies will calm down and realize that it's ok, everything doesn't have to be about profit. You can return to your original values and focus on a simple group of unique sports cars.
      One day.
        • 4 Years Ago
        actually they made it bigger , but lighter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      SAAB does that !! :P not sports cars, thouhh
        • 4 Years Ago
        replying to previous comment!! HATE AUTOBLOG COMMENT SYSTEM!! >:(
      Sam Ting Wong
      • 4 Years Ago
      I will be moving home to Canada from Asia around the time this is released.... I'm buying two....the 5 door for the wife and the 3 for me.... we need two cars.... will be living in a 4 season country, have kids and dogs..... want the most responsible / fun / trendy / fun / cars we can get. I love the Cayman.... does not work for a family dude who will not own more than one car for himself.... and the Cayanne is bigger than we need. I love these!! I get to own a porsche again.... get to enjoy what I drive,can fit the kids and groceries in the back.... it aint my old 911 and it is not the best of any world....but it is a damn good compromise.... and at my age, income, standards and ethics.and don't forget marital status)...life is only compromise....looking very much forward to making this compromise!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      'every Porsche is a race car'
        • 4 Years Ago
        the Cayenne won the Transsyberian rally , the Panamera competes successfully in the Superstar race series in Italy, there are Cayman GT4 race cars and i think the 911 competes too somewhere.

        i bet they will find a place for the Cajun to compete too. maybe Dakar again.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So what's the point of VW owning Porsche if they have to continue diluting the brand? I thought that the whole point is to be owned by a larger company so they don't have to be a large number seller to stay afloat.

      I don't like this one bit.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Porsche is the most profitable car brand. it makes sense to make more models that bring a lot of profit.
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